Buddhas Path to Enlightenment

Buddhas Path to Enlightenment

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  • Your son shall be either a mighty king, or a religious leader.
  • He shall be a KING!
  • Make way the Prince is coming!
  • Hey Look! He is shrunken by disease. Maybe I should go help him.
  • A prince named Siddhartha Gautama was born in 563 B.C. in Nepal. His father was born a king, and he wanted his son to be a king. Siddhartha was predicted by a fortune teller that he would either be a King to rule India, or a religious leader.
  • Life is a cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.
  • Okay, now I get it.
  • Siddhartha was raised wealthy, and his father protected him from the outside world. The prince did not see anyone who was sad, poor, or sick. Siddhartha was married and had a son.  The prince had everything a person would want.
  • I now fully understand the cycle of life.
  • Once when Siddhartha was 29, he went out of the palace without his guards and just his chariot driver. He saw a man leaning on a stick, and a man shrunken by disease. Then he saw a man who had died. Siddhartha felt terrible.  He later said, " All the joy of life which there is in life died within me."
  • NO.
  • Are you a God?
  • The prince then searched the truth of life. Siddhartha was living on the food that was placed in his begging bowl. Siddhartha was taught by gurus that life is an endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, although there is salvation. Siddhartha then joined a band of ascetics. He wore scratchy clothes and sat for days in one position.
  • When Siddhartha left the ascetics, he decided that was not the right path to truth. Siddhartha meditated for 49 days in one position.  He was visitied by Mara, a God of desire and death. He then understood the cycle of life. He then became the Buddha (Enlightened One).
  • The Buddha then freed himself of the cycle of birth and sickness. He then went back into the world to teach others what he had learned. Over 45 years he traveled over India  teaching a message of truth and hope. While he traveled people would ask him, "Are you a God?"  "No" He replied.  
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